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Mothering Your Nursing Toddler Paperback – 1 Feb 2000
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At times i smiled knowingly such as when she describes training their free hand (which wanders and likes to play with the other breast/ nipple) and how to encourage them away! She also highlights that it is common during the first few months of the first year for nursing to increase which made me relax as i was beginning to think that my son was "de-weaning" from solids at times! All in all i felt much more confident and happier with my decision after reading this book. I'm not sure how long I'll continue to BF for. I'd like my son to wean himself but if you're looking for some advice on breastfeeding toddlers or have concerns about it this book will assuage your fears.
The book is well written, sympathetic and informative. All assertions are carefully referenced. She provides an interesting insight into other cultures and looks at a historical as well as cross-cultural view of breastfeeding and weaning age.
Worth the purchase if you're considering breastfeeding beyond the first year or have already continued and have some questions about breastfeeding a 2,3,4 year old.
However I thought that the book was very, very geared to full-time Mums; there was a cursory mention of Mums who work outside the home and what they could do re: expressing / breastfeeding of a toddler but I did not think this subject was covered in nearly enough depth.
For me the book seemed to major an awful lot on modesty / being discreet (even to the point where she presents one option of not nursing in public at all), too. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I do think that perhaps if a few nursing toddlers were a little *less* discreet - if people could tell that they were actually nursing - then the practice might become more commonplace and more accepted.
But apart from this, a great book. (Could probably do with a cover change now though; the smock on the front alone might put some people off!)
Toddler nursing is very much an 'underground behaviour' and I've yet to find a mother who is nursing a toddler to actively broadcast the fact. This book is really helpful at filling the gap that talking to other mothers in similar situations would naturally fill.
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